Whose side is he on?
Brody Taylor loves hacking humans. After all, people are the weakest link in all computer systems. If he’s hired to break into your network, he will find and exploit the weak point. You.
The problem with always manipulating people is that even those closest to you don’t trust you.
And Brody’s just fallen in love with Melanie, a zany, beautiful French animal rights activist. But she’s in love with the character he’s trapped himself in, not the real Brody, social engineer and computer hacker. Can Brody social engineer his way to the truth and save his relationship with Melanie?
A novella that introduces Brody Taylor in a thrilling standalone adventure. At 60 pages, SOCIAL ENGINEER can be read in under two hours!
What readers say about Social Engineer:
"My God, is no one safe nowadays? It is truly terrifying. Nicely written, excellent read."
“It grabbed me at the beginning and didn't let go till the end. Overall a 'top book’!"
"Really makes you think about what you post on Social Media!!"
"Clever use of time shifts to differentiate between the two stories going on."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Entertaining but needs a better ending. Right from the start, I found Social Engineer by Ian Sutherland captivating. I like the idea of a white hacker, a person who hacks into a business IT system with the intention of finding the leaks and backdoors so the owners can protect against more nefarious hacker attacks. Brody Taylor, the protagonist, is adept at using social engineering to break into the most well-guarded systems. Unfortunately, he carries over this manipulation into his private life—only to have it backfire. Just as in real life, honesty trumps conniving ways. I found the novella too short and was unhappy with the abrupt ending. Even though this is the introductory book to the Brody Taylor Triller series where one could find out more about Brody Taylor and his capers, I felt cheated in the way the book ended. Perhaps I just favor the fairytale "lived happily after" conclusions.
Brody Taylor is the “Social Engineer.” Though to be honest, I had never heard that term before, it fits the situation nicely. He can be described as most the characters from the TV show Leverage rolled into one very clever person (without the thieving bonus for the most part) His job is to penetrate high security systems any way he can. Though an excellent computer hacker, he finds most often people are easier to hack to find a back way in. In this particular story he finds himself running a penetration test at pharmaceutical company, besieged by animal rights protesters, and under a warning that its secrets are in danger of being stolen by Chinese computer hackers. His job is find the holes in the system before sensitive information falls into the wrong hands, I thoroughly enjoyed the reveal as he gives the results of his work to company executives. Most of this story was just plain fun. However, the cover of this book asks the question, “Would you trust a computer hacker?” Unfortunately my answer to that question highlights my biggest issue with this superbly written short story. The catalyst for this adventure leaves me flat. I would have to agree with Mel that Brody went about it all wrong, because yes, yes I would. In an increasingly digital world where hackers in the shadows are spilling information about everything from Hollywood sexting and ingredients of fast food items to eyes only government information, there has to be a first line of defense and it stands to reason that those people are going to be hackers at heart. I was glad to see that this is not a single story, as with most excellent short stories, for me it just wasn’t enough. I hope in subsequent novels Brody doesn’t feel he needs to engineer his reality quite so much. I am looking forward to reading more about him.